Responding to the Tragedy in Newtown, CT
Although it has been several days since the horrific events in Newtown, CT, our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families and community members whose losses seem to be more than we can contemplate. Even before the healing begins, we know that it will be a long time until the raw, open wounds close and that for many, the scars of trauma and loss will remain forever.
The URJ has resources available that can help you and your entire synagogue community address the many facets of this tragedy. We encourage you to use this information and to return often for updates:
- The caring community section of our website provides materials about coping with communal tragedies, bereavement and the death of children. Included are prayers and meditations, as well as suggestions for explaining such tragedies to children;
- As you consider your facilities’ safety and security policies and procedures, our website’s congregational security page may prove helpful;
- Finally, the Reform Movement’s statement in the face of this senseless shooting, “reinforces the need to ensure that common-sense gun control laws are in place to help reduce these incidents…and call[s] on members of Congress, the President and people committed to the well being of all Americans to find shared values on gun control measures that will help ensure the safety of us all.”
May the souls of those lost find eternal peace in the shadow of God’s wings and may their loved ones, the citizens of Newtown and the surrounding communities, and, indeed, all who mourn with them, find comfort, strength and healing in the days and weeks ahead.